TCU sends message with 48-10 win over Texas

TCU sent a message to the nation on Thursday night with a dominating 48-10 win over Texas to improve to 10-1 on the season.

Austin, TexasTCU used a strong defensive effort, forcing six turnovers and scoring two defensive touchdowns to run past Texas 48-10 on Thanksgiving night in front of a nationwide audience.

TCU turned those turnovers into 31 points on the night.

The Frogs moved to 10-1 and 7-1 in Big 12 play while Texas finished the regular season 6-6 and 5-4 in conference.

The Frogs limited the Longhorns to just 290 yards of total offense while intercepting Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes four times on the night. TCU dominated Texas’ strong running game, limiting Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray to just 29 yards on 21 carries.

Meanwhile, the Frogs didn’t produce a great night offensively, but still managed 368 yards against a stout Texas defense.

Trevone Boykin completed 20-of-34 passes for 233 yards with 2 touchdowns while rushing for 50 yards and another score on the ground. Josh Doctson led the Frogs’ receivers, hauling in 7 passes for 115 and one touchdown.

TCU jumped out to a 20-3 lead in the first half after forcing two Texas turnovers that led to 10 points.

TCU got the momentum started before their first possession after a 54-yard punt return by Cameron Echols-Luper gave the Frogs the ball at the Longhorns 27. The Texas defense forced a field goal which Jaden Oberkrom nailed from 42-yards out to give the Frogs a 3-0 lead.

The Frogs extended their streak to 11-games of creating a turnover when Sam Carter intercepted a Swoopes pass on the Longhorns’ third possession that gave the Frogs the ball at Texas 24. However, the Longhorns defense stepped up again and forced another Oberkrom field goal, this time from 29-yards to give the Frogs a 6-0 lead.

Texas finally got their first 1st down of the game on their fourth possession and advanced to the Frogs’ 49-yard line but on 3rd and 20 Swoopes was sacked by Davion Pierson and lost the ball which Terrell Lathan recovered and raced 40 yards for the score to give the Frogs a 13-0 lead.

TCU only allowed 25 first quarter yards.

Texas finally got on the board midway through the second quarter with a 47-yard field goal from Nick Rose after a 9-play, 35-yard drive. Swoopes rushed for 26-yards on the drive.

The two teams traded punts before TCU would put together their best drive of the first half, using a 9-play, 67-yard drive that was capped by a 4-yard scoring toss from Boykin to David Porter to give the Frogs a 20-3 lead. Boykin completed a big 38-yard pass to Doctson on 3rd and 2 to put the Frogs in great scoring position at the Texas 6-yard line.

TCU would take the 20-3 lead into the half.

The two teams remained scoreless in the third quarter but TCU would explode for 28 fourth quarter points.

TCU got the fourth quarter scoring with a Boykin 22-yard pass to Doctson, who had a tremendous leaping catch over Quandre Diggs to give the Frogs a 27-3 lead. The drive was set up after Paul Dawson intercepted Swoopes for the third time on the night.

Texas would quickly answer with their longest play of the night as Swoopes connected with true freshman Armanti Foreman on a swing pass that Foreman took 73 yards for the score to cut the Frogs lead to 27-10.

After Texas forced a TCU punt, the Frogs caught a break as the ball bounced off Diggs leg which they recovered at the Texas 19. Three plays later, Boykin flipped into the end zone on a 10-yard run to give the Frogs a 34-10 lead.

After forcing yet another three and out by sacking Swoopes two times, the Frogs took over possession at their own 40. The Frogs would go on a 5-play, 60-yard drive that was culminated with a 5-yard scoring run by Aaron Green (16 rush, 73 yards) that gave the Frogs a 41-10 lead. Boykin completed a 28-yard pass to freshman Desmon White to open the drive.

On the Longhorns next possession, Swoopes would throw his fourth interception of the night with TCU defensive end Josh Carraway intercepting a swing pass and racing 33 yards for the score to finish the Frogs’ scoring onslaught with a 48-10 lead.

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